Split vote regulates LH truck vendors
By Jay Seidel
La Habra Journal
In a split decision Monday, the La Habra City Council adopted the ordinance creating new regulations for truck vendor operations within the city.
Citing multiple public concerns for child safety around schools, the 3-2 vote by the council applies to ice cream and food vending trucks.
Some of the new regulations require truck operators will now not be able to operate within 300 feet of a school during the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. without a special permit. Further limitations include 300 feet from a park and the Children’s Museum. Trucks are prohibited to stop on streets with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or more.
Mayor Tom Beamish and Council woman Rose Espinoza voted against the ordinance changes.
Espinoza explained that she voted against the ordinance change because no representatives from the truck vendors were consulted when planning the new ordinance.
“It’s going to be harder for us to make a living,” said Gerry Alquisra, a truck vendor servicing La Habra for 25 years.